PANTHERS: 1. Matt MOYLAN, 2. Josh MANSOUR, 3. Dean WHARE, 4. Jamal IDRIS, 5. Dallin WATENE-ZELEZNIAK, 6. Will SMITH, 7. Jamie SOWARD, 8. Nigel PLUM, 9. James SEGEYARO, 10. Sam McKENDRY, 11.Lewis BROWN, 12. Matt ROBINSON, 13. Sika MANU
INTERCHANGE: 14. Kierran MOSELEY, 15. Ben MURDOCH-MASILA, 16. Sam ANDERSON, 17. Tim GRANT
WARRIORS: 1. Sam TOMKINS 2. Ngani LAUMAPE 3. Konrad HURRELL 4. Dominique PEYROUX 5.Manu VATUVEI 6. Thomas LEULUAI 7. Shaun JOHNSON 8. Jacob LILLYMAN 9. Nathan FRIEND 10. Ben MATULINO 11. Ben HENRY 12. Simon MANNERING (c) 13. Sione LOUSI
INTERCHANGE: 14. Sam RAPIRA 15. Suaia MATAGI 16. Sebastine IKAHIHIFO 17. Jayson BUKUYA 20.Feleti MATEO
The final round of the NRL competition features an important game for both teams at Sportingbet Stadium on Sunday Night. Being the last game of the round, both sides will know where they stand heading into this match but essentially the Warriors need the win to obtain a top eight finish whilst the Panthers will be looking to secure a top four spot with a win.
Last week’s results couldn’t have been any more contrasting for these two teams. The Panthers narrowly went down to Manly following a last minute try to Tom Symonds and will be looking to bounce back from that but also take some confidence away from leading the current first place Sea Eagles for 79 minutes. On the other hand, the Warriors put on a dominant display at home last week where they improved their all-important for and against with a 42-0 victory over the Titans.
The Penrith side will also be looking to square the ledger after going down earlier in the year to the Warriors 30-20 at Mt Smart Stadium. Both teams have improved immensely from that game and with so much at stake, this is sure to be a tight match played with high intensity.
The Panthers welcome back James Segeyaro who has missed the last two weeks due to personal reasons. This pushes Kierran Moseley back to the bench after a strong debut game from the youngster last week. With their task being made even harder by the suspension of Adam Docker, the Panthers will come up against a side full of attacking prowess across the park. Their forward pack features both power and skill with players such as Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman and the reliable Simon Mannering. This combined with the exciting nature of backline players like Shaun Johnson and Konrad Hurrell means Penrith will need to be at their defensive best to stop the Warriors outfit.
With this being the final home game of the year, and the obvious importance of the clash, the boys will need as much support as possible on Sunday night from their fans and members who can help send the boys into the finals with some momentum with a win in this one.
Key Match Ups
Jamal Idris v Konrad Hurrell: Two of the biggest and most powerful centres in the game meet in this one and if they come together, the collisions could cause shockwaves across Penrith.
Jamie Soward v Shaun Johnson: Both of these players have had big years to date and showed an increased level of maturity to guide their teams into their current positions. That maturity, mixed with individual brilliance means that this clash could decide the game